AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Donald Loken, of Mora, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Scandia House of Mora. He was 93 years old.
MEMORIAL GATHERING will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the funeral home, with a service at 3:30 pm.
Donald E. Loken, of Mora, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Scandia House in Mora. He was 93 years old.
Donald was born on December 10, 1924 in Columbus, Montana to parents Erick and Bertha (Pottratz) Loken. At the age of two, the family moved to a farm in Knife Lake Township, northwest of Mora where Donald grew up and attended school. Donald started work at Honeywell in 1943 as a tool maker for 13 years. During those years, he attended night classes at the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Engineering. In 1956 he transferred to the engineering department at Honeywell where he continued to work until retiring in May of 1985. After retirement he moved back to Mora where he spent his remaining years.
On March 26, 1944, Donald was united in marriage to Vivian Norberg. The couple was blessed with one son Ted. Donald and Vivian later divorced but continued to remained close companions throughout life and enjoyed traveling together.
Donald was a past member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Zurah Temple Shriners. He was involved in several professional organizations including the Minnesota Metal Fabricators Association, for which he served as president for several years.
Donald loved the outdoors and was avid hunter and fisherman. He fished summer and winter and had a group of fishing buddies that he took trips with to lakes throughout Minnesota and as far as northern Canada, near the Arctic Circle. Deer hunting was a favorite pastime for Donald as well as hunting trips for Elk to Wyoming and Montana. He enjoyed duck, quail, and pheasant hunting; taking numerous hunting trips South Dakota.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Erik Loken, former wife Vivian, and sister Lorraine.
He is survived by his son Ted (Barbara Lefky) of Maple Plain; granddaughter Kimberly (Jeff) Brainerd of Concord, MA; great grandchildren, Eston Brainerd and Andrew Roby; brother Clark of Mora; sister Joyce Eeg of Aitkin; special niece Peg (Eddie) Sollee of Alba, TX; several other nieces, nephews, and friends.